Rosin Torch

This pine knot torch is similar to the torch seen in AG*MHI MN 8182, with the addition of fibrous material at one end.
Electric cap lamp inventor Grant Wheat’s personal collection of mining lamps was donated to the museum in 1962. Many of these objects were depicted in his “Story of Underground Lighting” published in the “Proceedings of the Illinois Mining Institute” in 1945. This torch was his second example of the chronological development of underground lighting, of which he wrote, “It was further discovered that by wrapping some fibrous material on the stick and then dipping it into pitch or rosin a torch was made producing a flame which would last still longer.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
torch, pitch-rosin
overall: 25 in x 2 in; 63.5 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Industry & Manufacturing
Mining Lamps
Grant Wheat Collection
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Work and Industry: Mining
Grant Wheat Collection
Mining Lamps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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